Holiday Theatre in Vancouver

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Vancouver’s stages are ready to light up for the holiday season with festive performances that will delight audiences of all ages. Celebrate the magic of the season with this lineup of shows:

Holiday Theatre in Vancouver: Christmas Presence by Pacific Theatre
Christmas Presence by Pacific Theatre

Holiday Theatre in Vancouver

Pacific Theatre

Christmas Presence
Date: December 10 to 12 & 17 to 19, 2023
Location: Pacific Theatre (1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver)
Details: Pacific Theatre’s favourite Christmas tradition. With poems and prose that range from the heartfelt to the hilarious mixed in with songs both old and new, Christmas Presence is an intimate and warm way to usher in the holiday spirit. Different performers every night.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Date: November 23 to December 23, 2023
Location: Pacific Theatre (1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver)
Details: Peter and Lucy Pevensie are all grown-up… but upon returning to a most peculiar wardrobe, they are caught up once more in the wintry world of Narnia. Ron Reed’s beloved interpretation of C.S. Lewis’s magical tale has delighted more than ten thousand audience members since its premiere, and Sarah Rodgers’ imaginative 2018 production returns for the 40th anniversary season.

Massey Theatre

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy
Date: November 28 & 29, 2023
Location: Massey Theatre (735 8th Ave, New Westminster)
Details: When catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea, the duo conjure wildly funny solutions to stay afloat, and sweep the audience out to sea in this jolly holiday escapade.

Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas
Date: December 10, 2023
Location: Massey Theatre (735 8th Ave, New Westminster)
Details: Zachary Stevenson is the leading man from the hit musical The Buddy Holly Story, he is the main attraction and host for this special Christmas concert. Stevenson will be joined by the Chicago-based trio The Lovettes with their show-stopping salute to the female icons and girl groups of the 50s and 60s featuring a special tribute to Tina Turner. For over a decade, The Lovettes have been putting their own twist on the ladies who shaped Rock and Roll music.

The Nutcracker
Date: December 17, 2023
Location: Massey Theatre (735 8th Ave, New Westminster)
Details: It’s Christmas Eve, a time when dreams may come true. Drosselmeyer, the godfather to Clara, brings gifts and magic to her parents’ home for the annual Christmas party. His special gift to Clara is a large Nutcracker soldier. When she falls asleep after the party, Clara is cradling the Nutcracker in her arms and begins to dream.  In her dream, her Nutcracker soldier fights a battle and transports her on a sleigh through the Land of Snow to the Land of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and people from far away lands. Experience the magic of The Nutcracker this holiday season with RCYB’s full length ballet, featuring a cast of 100+ dedicated and enthusiastic dancers under the direction of Keitha Campeau.

Holiday Theatre in Vancouver – Continued

Arts Club Theatre Company

Elf: The Musical
Date: November 2 to December 31, 2023
Location: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St, Vancouver)
Details: Join Buddy the Elf on his expedition from the North Pole to New York City, where he’s determined to win over his new family with Christmas cheer, syrupy spaghetti, and heartfelt songs. But what’s an elf to do when his dad’s on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in the man in red?

The Gingerbread Men: A Holiday Cabaret
Date: December 1 to 17, 2023
Location: Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Ave #203, Vancouver)
Details: Prepare to be whisked away on a dough-lightful cabaret of classic holiday songs and merriment. Fresh out of the pan with their signature golly-gee charm, toe-tapping tunes, and buttery-smooth harmonies, these crooners are the perfect recipe for a holly jolly good time.

Mom’s The Word: Talkin’ Turkey
Date: December 5 to 31, 2023
Location: Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St, Vancouver)
Details: The moms are back in the creative kitchen and ready to turn the “season of giving” into the “season of forgiving.” Enjoy a theatrical feast flavoured with big Santa belly laughs, stuffed with dysfunction, and topped with a soupçon of sarcasm—all served on a platter of naked truth. Using their special recipe of raw humour and humanity, the moms prove that the holidays really are about family, however you define it.

Gateway Theatre

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Date: December 14 to 31 , 2023
Location: Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond)
Detail: Experience the timeless tale of Cinderella like never before in this captivating musical adaptation. Step into a world where magic dances, dreams come true, and kindness triumphs against all odds. With a bit of help from the fairy godmother, a magical pumpkin carriage transformation, and a dash of humour, Cinderella promises the entire family will have a ball!

Firehall Arts Centre

Reflection on Crooked Walking
Date: December 2 to 24, 2023
Location: Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St, Vancouver)
Details: This Juno Award-nominated family musical tells the tale of four people who find themselves the only ones left awake, surrounded by sleeping townspeople. Their journey in search of a cure for the mysterious sleeping sickness leads them down a surprising path of deeper self-awareness.

Goh Ballet

The Nutcracker
Date: December 14 to 17, 2023
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
Details: Experience Clara’s dream come to life as she embarks on a magical journey through the Land of Snow, across the Lemonade Sea, to the Kingdom of Sweets where she is greeted by the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy. An unforgettable adventure awaits as her gallant Nutcracker battles the evil Mouse King and his army of mischievous mice.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet artists Michel Lavoie and Emilie Lewis. Photo by Michelle Blais.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet artists Michel Lavoie and Emilie Lewis. Photo by Michelle Blais.

Ballet BC

Date: December 7 to 10, 2023
Location: The Centre for the Performing Arts (777 Homer St, Vancouver)
Details: Danced to an enchanting Tchaikovsky score, the fantastical story follows the adventures of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and more of everyone’s most beloved characters as they discover the wonder of the holiday season.

Carousel Theatre

Snow White
Date: November 29 to December 31, 2023
Location: Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver)
Details: A “Once Upon a Time” tale re-imagined for twice as much fun! Not your traditional Snow White, this clever twist on the beloved fairy tale is a two-actor take that’s irresistibly playful and oh-so smart.

Holiday Theatre in Vancouver: Arts Umbrella Mixed Nuts 2023

Arts Umbrella

Mixed Nuts
Date: December 15 to 17, 2023
Location: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
Details: A modern and engaging twist on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Performed annually at the Vancouver Playhouse each December, Mixed Nuts brings together a flavoursome assortment of dance styles for an extra-special holiday treat.

The Cultch

East Van Panto: Beauty and The Beast
Date: November 22, 2023 to January 7, 2024
Location: York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver)
Details: Get ready for a hilarious adventure through the neighbourhoods of East Van! Featuring unforgettable characters, pop song parodies, stunning sets, silly costumes, and fantastic performances by some of Vancouver’s best actors, Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto is an enchanting experience for audiences of all ages!

Grant Lawrence and Friends: an East Van Holiday Spectacular
Date: December 7, 2023
Location: Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
Details: Join the acclaimed local ranconteur-author-broadcaster extraordinaire for a long-awaited entertaining evening celebrating the season filled with heartfelt performances by an incredible cast of local performers, including Dawn Pemberton, Jill Barber, Charlie Demers, Luke Wallace and other surprise guests.

The Centre

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Date: November 14 to 18, 2023
Location: The Centre for the Performing Arts (777 Homer St, Vancouver)
Details: Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life live on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”. The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.
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The Improv Centre

Back to the Holidays
Date: November 23 – December 24, 2023 on Thurs, Fri, and Sat
Location: The Improv Centre, Granville Island (1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver)
Details: From Scrooges to Grinches and Krampuses to Hans Grubers, there’s something inherently funny about holiday cynics who begrudgingly give in to seasonal merriment. Back to the Holidays is an homage to Back to the Future and A Christmas Carol, and explores holidays of the past, present, and future through the lens of an eccentric scientist who is tasked with helping our hero discover the true meaning of the holidays and save the town from ruin.

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